SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Finally Blasts Off to Send Dragon Cargo Capsule to ISS
Ending a series of delays in sending a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station due to technical glitches, a Space SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday.
The rocket launch was carried out despite rough weather conditions. The Dragon capsule is loaded with around 5,000 pounds of science gear and supplies meant for the station crew and will reach the ISS on Sunday.
SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said the rocket flight was perfect according to them. At, 3:25 p.m. EDT, the rocket finally blasted off. Cloudy weather did pose a threat to Friday's launch, but skies got clear at the time of launch attempt.
As soon as skies got clear, NASA mission commentator Michael Curie affirmed that it seems Mother Nature is providing a window of opportunity. The space launch also had one more objective and that is to recover and reuse its rocket for cost effectiveness.
"We didn't really expect this stage to come back - obviously we had some hope of course. Overall, I think the data is much more important here", said SpaceX Vice-President Hans Koenigsmann.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk said it is quite unclear if the rocket stage touched down softly or not. He affirmed that the boats could not get close due to heavy seas.
Therefore, he thinks that there are not high chances that the rocket was able to splash down with complete success. But Musk is quite optimistic that one day SpaceX would be able to land rocket stages back on Earth.
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